By Phoebe A. Haddon, J.D., LL.M., Chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden
Rutgers–Camden also earned a total of $5 million from the New Jersey Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to support partnerships with schools in North and East Camden. The grant funds cutting-edge educational initiatives such as Camden Ignite, an innovative expanded-learning program that sparks student discovery in the arts, sciences, literacy achievement, and athletics, in addition to providing mentoring and college exposure. Our work in the arts is helping to reimagine illegal dumping sites into community gathering spots anchored by public art, thanks to a $1 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant to the city that is supporting a project led by Rutgers–Camden and Cooper’s Ferry Partnership.
Rutgers University–Camden is undoubtedly a strong anchor institution in Camden and southern New Jersey – and a nationally recognized, award-winning innovator in civic engagement. We are committed to continuing this work with our neighbors and with other colleges and universities here at home and across the nation.